Status Report

NASA Mars Picture of the Day: Polar Polygons 02-14-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2005
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Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera

MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-1001, 13 February 2005

NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows
polygons formed in ice-rich material in the north polar region of
Mars. The bright surfaces in this image are covered by a thin
water ice frost.

Location near: 79.8°N, 344.8°W

Image width: ~1.5 km (~0.9 mi)

Illumination from: lower left

Season: Northern Summer

Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology
built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission.
MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, California.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Surveyor Operations Project
operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial
partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena,
California and Denver, Colorado.

SpaceRef staff editor.